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23 September 2014

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Thousands of you took part in the world’s largest climate experiment

Frequent questions

Is it too late to start taking part in the BBC Climate Change Experiment?

Yes it is, but you can donate your spare computer power to climate science in other ways. You can no longer start the BBC experiment but similar experiments are welcoming new participants.

The BBC Climate Change Experiment is a climate model, designed and produced by researchers based at Oxford University.

You can join up to an experiment (similar to the BBC version) through, as long as you are happy with the technical aspects of downloading, installing and running the software. There are versions for Windows, Linux and some Macs.

NB: the BBC cannot offer you any support if you sign up through

To find out more about the process involved, read’s download information pages.

I'm already running the BBC Climate Change Experiment, what's happening with my model now?

If your model is running please keep going. The January 2007 TV programme on BBC One reports the data so far, but your results will be just as useful when you complete your run and reach the year 2080. There is no time limit.

For information and help on normal operation as well as avoiding and solving problems, see the BBC Climate Change Experiment FAQs.

What will happen when my BBC Climate Change Experiment model reaches 2080?

Your results will automatically be returned to the Oxford research team and you will automatically be given another, similar experiment. You can opt out if you wish. Your contribution will be acknowledged with a thank you email, if you agreed to receive updates.

For information and help on finishing the experiment, see the BBC Climate Change Experiment FAQs.

How can I get help running the BBC Climate Change Experiment?

There are free messageboards, where project team members and expert users are on hand to diagnose and solve problems.

For an introduction to the messageboards, as well as help, advice and links to further sources of advice please consult the BBC Climate Change Experiment FAQs.



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